By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Springer joins colleagues in spurning raise

Not in this economic climate, he said. No way.

“Let’s reflect what’s really happening,” Springer said. “I have to stand for what I stood for (in the election) and put my money where my mouth is.”

Last spring, the county compensation committee, consisting of the three lay members of the county budget committee, recommended the commissioners be granted a 3 percent raise effective with the July 1 start of fiscal 2012-13. However, Commissioners Leslie Lewis, Kathy George and Mary Stern all turned it down, leaving them at $70,944.

Because the fiscal year was only half finished when Springer took office, replacing Lewis, he was given the option of accepting the raise she refused. But he declined.

George and Stern accepted a 3 percent raise in July 2008, but have not accepted one since. 

County Administrator Laura Tschabold said the compensation committee based its recommendation on a study comparing elected official wages and benefits in Marion, Polk, Linn, Benton, Columbia and Josephine counties. She said the study was conducted by the county’s personnel office, which has expertise in salary evaluation.

Tschabold said the study suggested Yamhill County was falling behind its peers.

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